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Michael Schumacher…

Posted by Sankar on October 24, 2006

F1 will never be the same again with Schumi’s retirement. Here’s a list of records held by Schumacher. Truly outstanding. Some of these will definitely stand the test of time.

Total number of races contested/entered: 250 (2nd overall)
Total number of wins: 91
Total driver championships: 7
Consecutive championships: 5 (2000 – 2004)
Max number of wins in a season: 13/18 (2004)
Consecutive race wins: 7 (2004)
Max pole positions: 68/250
Fastest Laps: 76
Fastest Laps in a season: 10/18 (2004)
Podium finishes: 154/250
Podium finishes in a season: 17/17 (2002)
Consecutive podium finishes: 19 (2001-2002)
First row in starting grid: 108
Races finished in points: 190
Career points: 1369

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It is over…

Posted by Sankar on October 8, 2006

It is over for Schumi and Ferrari… almost. Schumi suffered an engine failure that enabled Alonso to take a lead of 10 ptsin the championship. It would take Schumi to win the final race and Alonso to not finish in the points for Schumi to take the championship, which I think is highly unlikely.

Anyway, this was probably the most closely contested season in a while. Great work from Alonso and Renault.

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Schumi to retire…

Posted by Sankar on September 11, 2006

Well, it is official now. Michael Schumacher to retire at the end of 2006 season. It’s been on the cards for a while now and it was officially announced yesterday post race session.

This coupled with just 2 points separating Alonso and Schumi in the driver’s championship makes the last three races of the season even more interesting.

Hope Schumi and Ferrari make it to the top one final time this season 🙂

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2005 US Grand Prix or was it???

Posted by Sankar on June 20, 2005

I am sure that everyone will agree with me. Yesterday’s US Grand Prix was @$@%@. It was total crap. Off the 10 teams, only 3 started the race.

The other teams withdrew as per recommendation from Michelin due to safety reasons. Ralf crashed during Friday practice because the Michelin tires were not holding up and were failing for some reason that could not be determined.

The so called race had just Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi (all three running Bridgestone). With only Ferrari being a big team on the track, we just cannot call it a race. Even though Ferrari and Schumi won, I really don’t want them to win races this way.

It was a huge disappointment for me and should have been the same for the millions of fans across the world especially with more than 100,000+ people spending $100+ average on tickets. It was a real pity.

Things that could have been done:

Michelin should have done a better job: Ralf crashed at the same corner last year because of tire problem and if I remember correctly, it was Michelin. I just can’t believe that Michelin didn’t do anything to fix that issue. I won’t buy into the argument that because of the change in rules this year, the tires had to last the entire race length and therefore, this hasn’t been tested yet. But even this year, Ralf crashed during the Friday practice and I think that the tires would have been fresh at least at that time. Therefore, I think Michelin messed up big time.

Ferrari could have relented a bit: There was a proposal at the last minute from all the teams to introduce a chicane just before the last corner to slow the cars down. All the teams agreed but Ferrari on account of introducing risks by changing the track just before the race. Therefore, even this proposal couldn’t get through.
Update: I am not sure whether the issue about Ferrari and the chicane is true or not. Different sites are having a different view on this issue. On second thoughts after reading a couple of articles around, even if Ferrari didn’t agree on it, I really don’t think it is an issue. Just because Michelin couldn’t make the right tires, the teams cannot demand a change in the circuit. This is not correct. Of course, the fans were at a loss. Maybe they should all target Michelin and NOT target FIA or Ferrari.

Check out this article at http://www.f1racing.net

We had a detailed written confirmation from Michelin that the tires were unsafe to run unless there was a chicane put in to slow the speed into this (Turn 13) corner,” said Ron Dennis, team principal for West McLaren Mercedes, during the race. “We’ve been trying with other teams to convince FIA to put a chicane in the circuit, and they refused.”

Dennis empathized with the fans while remaining steadfast that safety concerns were the final straw in the decision not to race. “Our primary responsibility is to the safety of my drivers, and I fully understand the consequences for Formula One are severe, and certainly enjoyment for the spectators here,” he said. “The teams had no alternative. We were for this to be a non-championship race; we were prepared to race later; we were prepared to do virtually anything other than to race through that corner at high speed. And that’s an unacceptable risk.”

I am not sure how Dennis can argue to have this race as a non-championship race… I really think he is crazy. Maybe Minardi could ask for the entire season to be scrapped since their car is not up to the mark 🙂

FIA could have relented a bit: Michelin flew in some other tire compounds for the race, but FIA did not allow the teams to change the tires as per rules ?

On a humorous note… All the 7 teams could have driven the race length a little slowly in order to help Michelin gather some testing data so that they can improve the tires at least next year.

Updated: 6/21/2005 – 2:00 PM

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Narain to drive for Jordan F1 in 2005

Posted by Sankar on February 4, 2005

It’s official!!! Jordan F1 confirmed that Narain Karthikeyan from India will drive for Jordan in 2005 F1 season. It is a great feeling…. to have an Indian drive in F1. With the likes of Ferrari, Mclaren and Williams around, Jordan and Narain are definitely not the favorites in the season, but I am sure that there will be millions of hearts out here in India who will be cheering for him, who has been working hard for several years to get into the circuit.

My best wishes for Narain to have a great season!!!

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